September 26, Vol. 24, No. 12           

Cèilidh Weekend Begins Today   

null Carnegie Mellon's Cèilidh Weekend begins today and runs through Sunday with a full slate of events and activities for alumni, families, students, faculty and staff. Some of the highlights include:

Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Kickoff BBQ, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., The Fence
  • Alumni Faculty/Staff Reception (invitation only), 12:30-2 p.m., Alumni Lounge, University Center  
Friday, Sept. 27Saturday, Sept. 28See the full schedule.

CMU's Role in the Federal BRAIN Initiative  

This Saturday, CMU professors Marlene Behrmann, Tom Mitchell, Michael Tarr and Nathan Urban (above, left to right) will discuss the role CMU and Pittsburgh can play in President Obama's initiative to better understand the brain.

The Impact of Brain and Mind Research Symposium at 10:45 a.m., Sept. 28 in McConomy Auditorium will kickoff the "Crossing Boundaries, Transforming Lives" series of discussions being held in celebration of President Subra Suresh's inaugural year at CMU. Seating is first come, first served.

Joining the discussion will be Emery Brown (right), the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School and the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering at MIT, and Philip Rubin (far right), principal assistant director for science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Behrmann, a professor of psychology, was recently appointed co-director of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. Mitchell is the Fredkin University Professor and head of the Machine Learning Department. Tarr, the Cowan Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, was recently named to head the Psychology Department. Urban is the Schwertz Distinguished Professor and head of the Biological Sciences Department.

Read more about the symposium.
Read the op-ed by CMU's Michael Tarr and Pitt's Peter Strick.
Read about inauguration events for President Suresh, Nov. 14-15.

Primetime: CMU Professor, Alumni Earn Emmys   

null null Carnegie Mellon Associate Professor of Costume Design Suttirat Larlarb (right), alumni James Cromwell (A'64, far right) and Eugene Lee (A'62), and 2005 honorary degree recipient Robert A. Dickinson took home primetime television honors this past Sunday at the 65th Annual Emmy Awards in Hollywood.

Larlarb won for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming as part of the team that produced the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony on NBC. Cromwell won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for "American Horror Story: Asylum," and Lee won for Outstanding Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Programming for "Saturday Night Live."

Dickinson earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special for "The 55th Annual Grammy Awards."  

Eleven CMU alumni were nominated for Emmys for their acting, writing, producing, art direction, costume design and lighting.

Broadway Star Returns to CMU Monday

Approximately 200 free tickets are available for "A Conversation With Billy Porter," a Q&A session in the Purnell Center's Chosky Theater at 12:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 30.

Porter (A'91) won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical earlier this year for his performance in "Kinky Boots." At right, Porter is pictured with Patina Miller (A'06), who won a 2013 Tony for Best Actress in a Musical for her role in "Pippin."

Pittsburgh City Council has declared Tuesday, Oct. 1, "Billy Porter Day in Pittsburgh."

Tickets to the Q&A are available at the Chosky Box Office, which is open from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

See the list of CMU's Oscar, Emmy and Tony award winners.

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Calendar Highlights 

  Personal Mention

Neil M. Donahue
Anne Witchner Levin
Maria Sensi Sellner
Jon Klancher
Chris Jones
Allan Meltzer
Ashlie Henery

Michael Tarr and Peter Strick

Jason Hong and Carmel Majidi

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